Two-Fiddy

Everything I purchased from Publix this morning cost $2.50 each.

  • 1/2 gallon of Silk Almond Milk (vanilla), $2.50
  • box of Kashi cereal, $2.50
  • pint of blueberries, $2.50

It makes for easy math. And fwiw, it appears as if we’ve reached the end of blackberry season as a medium box of those was now priced at $5.99, hardly $2.50-friendly.

I Must Look Hungry In Las Tortas Locas
No matter how hard I try, the people at Las Tortas Locas always want to give me three tacos. Before I continue, you should know that I attempt to order in Spanish, which may cause some of the confusion.

For a while I tried ordering in this fashion: “I’d like two tacos, please… one pastor, and one carnitas.” I came to the conclusion that the cashier girls were hearing “I’d like two pastor tacos and one carnitas taco.” thus totaling three tacos.

Last night I tried this approach: “I’d like a pastor taco and a carnitas taco.” and still the cashier girl initially rang up two pastor tacos! I had to revert to English and hand gestures in order to correct the matter before the order was place, after which I was “The Gringo.” Ugh.

Regardless of the confusion, my two tacos were delicious and I was pleased with my dinner.

You Can’t Be Serious
This morning I was driving along Flat Shoals and I noticed flour (“The keen-eyed hasher is able to notice blobs of flour in an instant.”). Not being a “Tuesday” hasher I decided to check out the Atlanta Hash website to see which hash traipsed through the neighborhood last night (I already knew that Monday’s Moonlight Hash was held in Smyrna). Some, now many, years ago people started creating extra Tuesday and Thursday hashes because the concept of drinking by itself seemed too mundane.

Last night was the third Tuesday of the month, which as I found out this morning, meant it was a “Tuesday With A Theme” hash.

Meet C_NT’s sister hash! TWAT is a fun walking hash of decorated and costumed hashers! No shiggy on these trails, we want to be seen! TWAT hashes every THIRD Tuesday of the month, year round. TWAT is an A to A hash, starting at a bar or restaurant. No bag car will be provided as all cars will be at the end. Every TWAT hash has a theme, which hashers are encouraged to dress up and bring accessories for. Hashes are ONE mile with one beer stop. Hash cash is $4, to include GIMMES of that hash’s theme, as well as hash beer! Landmark attendances (10, 25, 50, etc) will be awarded with personalized gimmes!

Huh? Are you kidding me? A one mile hash — with a beer stop? What is the point? Just go to a bar and drink people, it’s that fucking easy!

ITP Flickr Pic
While in the lavanderia (laundromat) last night I noticed the attendant working on the store’s signage. As I found out, this particular laundromat is shortening its hours by closing at 10pm instead of 11pm.
Dryers And Mislabeled Laundry Bags
As I was drying my clothes I noticed that all of the laundry bags the sell have the laundromat’s hours of operation printed on them. Make that the now incorrect hours of operation printed on them. I’m sure that I’m one of the few people who will notice.

Preparing For A Name Change?
It seems to me that Wachovia is setting up for a rebranding/name-change to Wells Fargo, the bank which purchased Wachovia a few years back. Lately I’ve noticed that many Wachovia branches have what appears to be Wachovia banners covering yellow permanent signage. Anyone know if I am correct? I’m sure that I’m not breaking any news, I’m just curious.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Please
As I was driving home from the laundromat last evening I was stunned how clear the sky was and that there was virtually no threat of rain. It seems as if it’s been some time since this combination has occurred in Atlanta. Well, I’d like it again tonight please as I am scheduled to attend the Braves (Boo! Hiss!) game thanks to the generosity of ITP-Reader Debbie (Yay!). Mind you it’s not so much that I care whether or not the game is played, I just don’t want the rain to water-down my beer.

Happy Happy Birthday
Today is the annual celebration of birth of one ITP-Reader Stacy (aka “Cheese Nips”). I hope that you have a happy birthday, young’in.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence as I scurry about
Website Of The Day – Big Trip planning continues… Looking at America’s State Parks.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 102.2 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3

August Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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38 Responses to Two-Fiddy

  1. Barb says:

    I can’t believe you went to the grocery store & just bought 3 things – you are better than me.

    I need to get over to the Las Tortas Locas neighborhood again soon, it is time for an oil change again……

    have fun at the ball game – we will be at Mango’s for bike maintenance night (in case anyone else wants to join us there)

  2. I really bought five things because I got two half-gallons of milk and two boxes of cereal. πŸ™‚ I was in a rush to get to work and I also had to stop and get cash at the Wachovia near the Publix so I was in and out as quickly as possible with no time to contemplate other (probably necessary) items.

    I wish that I could also attend bike maintenance night so that I could tune up the road bike and make shoe adjustments before heading to Colorado next week.

    I too need an oil change (again before heading to Colorado). Perhaps we should coordinate an oil change / lunch some day? Martha, would you care to join in?

  3. Barb says:

    you could drop off your bike & have Allan look at it while you are at the game, & pick it up from Mango after (or tomorrow). As for the shoe adjustment, that would be tough without you there πŸ˜‰

    Oil change lunch sounds good, but we would need to schedule that with the guys so we don’t get stuck there – sometimes they only have one lift open, so one of us would get delayed (probably you, they love me πŸ˜‰
    Pick a day next week – I’m free all week.

  4. Martha says:

    Me? Eat? Tacos? Anytime folks (except for this Friday, stupid visitors and their meetings…)

    I had to make a major shopping trip yesterday after work, there was pretty much no food in the house. Yesterday’s lunch box consisted of a hard boiled egg, powerbar and part of a sandwich leftover from my drive back Monday. Things are better now.

    Paulie I’m with you on all these ‘minor’ hashes…seems like an excuse to come up with a crude acronym and drink cheep bear…just skip the trail, 1 or 2 miles isn’t worth getting my shoes dirty.

    I was able to run home from the gym today, the weather was just a little cooler than its been, looking forward to more mild weather soon. The bad news is it looks like my Garmin is busted? It was working fine just a couple of days ago…but it does nothing now.

  5. I’m okay being the slow one Barb, I have a fairly open schedule here at the office. What day next week works best for you? Next Friday is the only day I know is bad, and Tuesday I have a 1:30pm meeting.

    If for some reason the game gets rained out tonight you’ll see me at Mango’s (for real this time) otherwise I’ll just have to make do.

    Martha, could it be the battery? I know, I know, that’s the first thing everyone asks. πŸ™‚

  6. Barb says:

    Let’s shoot for Wednesday……. I’d hate you to be feeling rushed to get to a meeting on tuesday – just in case.

    Also – you can always come over to the house to have Allan look at your bike, except the Falcons game tomorrow night, we do have any evening time plans coming up.

  7. I’ll put oil change / lunch on my calendar for Wednesday.

    I’ll see if we can coordinate a night. If not things won’t be critically bad. Thanks.

  8. debbie says:

    We’re on for Holy Taco even if it rains!

  9. I figured as much Debbie. I’ll be at Holy Taco rain or shine. πŸ™‚

  10. Martha says:

    Next Wednesday works for me…I don’t need an oil change but I do have to get my emissions checked soon.

    It could be the battery, if it is it doesn’t help me, I have no idea how to open this thing up or if the battery can even be replaced. It *should* still be under warranty, I’ve just filled out a request for repair. Not I just have to wait and see.

  11. Steve says:

    Martha, make sure it has a decent charge and hold down some of the buttons when you turn it on… mine did that and I basically had to reload it from the ROM. And I think you win the prize for not having anything to pack for lunch.

    I finally get to eat at Holy Taco!!!

    And in case you are not on the Wheelhopper email list and have heard me mention a skinny tire WH from JEFDSDR- I am saddened to report the pool is not well and will not be available for swimmin’ this weekend…. but come on down anyway for a great road ride, some beer and full contact dominoes!!

    -FP

  12. Bummer about the pool. Hurray for the beer and dominoes!

  13. Martha says:

    Steve, the Garmin won’t charge, it won’t turn on, the computer doesn’t recognize it at all…it is DEAD! It was working fine over the weekend, when I went to put it on for the run home after the gym it wouldn’t turn on, I don’t know what happened.

    I’m not sure if we will make it down on Sunday…I have Survival of the Fittest on Saturday and I’m not sure what sort of shape I’ll be in, we may stay close to home and check out the Grant Park Crit instead.

    I KNOW I’m in the minority…but I don’t get Holy Taco…I mean it’s okay, but I seem to spend a lot of money and never really feel satisfied…maybe I’m doing something wrong but it doesn’t live up to the hype for me.

  14. Steve says:

    For as long as that Grant Park crit has run, I’ve never worked it… and they wanted me to work it this Sunday, but there’s this hash in the country…

    Sorry about the Garmin. I seem to recall their support was pretty good.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Okay, the formula seems to be

    What_I_order 1

    I just ordered three tacos at a new place (yes, I know I’m going to Holy Taco) and they screwed up my order and brought me s fourth taco.

  16. Martha says:

    No need to explain, I could eat tacos every day (made carne asada last night and just had leftovers for lunch)!

    It sounds like *someone* thinks you’re too skinny and need to eat more…

    It may be good for me to kick the Garmin habit for a bit. As I got ready to run and realized it wasn’t working, I looked at Jerry and told him I couldn’t run home because it wasn’t working…like somehow the Garmin provided power to my legs or I would get lost … I think I might have a problem.

  17. Steve says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard of a Garmin intervention, but you could be the first.

    That is pretty funny..

  18. Martha, that’s what I told my coworker at lunch. Perhaps it’s time for me to hang in the Latino community and try for dates. πŸ™‚

    In other news: I need to dress better and grow a pair so that I can introduce myself to someone I see eating lunch alone a lot in my office building’s lunch room.

  19. debbie says:

    uh, yeah!

    Martha, if that’s your worst issue you are in pretty good shape! I HATE my GPS with a passion.

  20. Barb says:

    I have a hard time riding my bike when my computer isn’t working, I like to know how far I’ve gone, average speed, etc. Drives me crazy.

    Steve – bummer about the pool – what kind of pool boy are you? (where’s the nearest hydrant – does Allan need to borrow some fire hose to get it filled with new water?)

    Bruce Dickman (the mouth of the south) will be the announcer at the Grant Park Crit – feel free to go harrass him for me.

  21. Steve says:

    Barb, I can honestly say I don’t know where the nearest hydrant is, but it’s a quarter mile to the road, which would be a lot of hose. And while I’m annoyed at not having the hash be able to swim, I’ll be more annoyed if someone comes to look at the house! So far, that hasn’t been a problem!!!

  22. debbie says:

    As long as everyone has their clothes on, tell them to come look!!

  23. Is the pool all muddy? Is the water just discolored or has mud/dirt/etc settled to the bottom?

  24. Steve says:

    Green water and mud. I can’t vacuum the mud until I can see it. I’m in the process of trying to kill the algae, but it’s taking longer and more chlorine than I expected. I also expect to be replacing the sand in the filter, but that is still down the road.

  25. Plant cattail and call it a pond. πŸ˜‰

    Good luck. I promise not to point it our on Sunday.

  26. Steve says:

    As green as it was, that thought crossed my mind. We’ve already got the frogs.

  27. Martha says:

    Unless you’ve dumped toxic waste into the pool, I’m sure it isn’t as bad as anything we would go through on a normal hash.

    Debbie, I wish that was my worst issue…*sigh*

    Paulie, dressing better isn’t too hard, I’ve been working on that myself, we can get Jerry the Metrosexual to give advice…as far as growing a pair, what’s the worst that can happen??

  28. debbie says:

    I think we should just empty it and start over. It will be a whole month before the water bill comes. I don’t even see frogs in it any more; I think they like clean water. πŸ™‚

  29. I actually know how to dress nicely, I just choose to dress comfortably instead.

    The worst that can happen is that I get rejected — once of my greatest fears. I know, I know, it happens to everyone, but my confidence is low (especially now for reasons most people don’t know) and I don’t want to risk things getting worse.

  30. Steve says:

    The worst thing that can happen is you reject YOURSELF!! Someone else rejecting you will never happen because you have saved them the trouble.

    You are much better than any of this and deserve better… don’t get us started!

    ###
    As far as the pool in concerned, I’ve thought about starting over… the toxic chemicals I’ve added so far consist of about 6 gallons of bleach, and more is needed.

  31. Martha says:

    Yeah, what Steve said.

    It is possible to be comfortable and look put together, some new duds might give just the confidence boost you need. New clothes always make me feel better…just saying.

  32. Barb says:

    back to the pool – Allan said figure out how many feet of hose, he might be able to load up the truck – is it really 1000 feet?

  33. debbie says:

    I’d have to look for the nearest hydrant; can do that tomorrow. It will be a fer piece though. Darn we’re a chatty bunch today.

  34. Steve says:

    I think there may be a hydrant in front of the house in front of Uffa’s. I think their fence does a little jog around it.

    And thank Allan, but none of us need to be locked up in the Coweta pokey.

  35. debbie says:

    We’ll just give them a beer and call it a day… oh yeah, I won’t be home, not my problem. πŸ™‚

  36. Steve says:

    We would need to start Saturday, so you would be home and if I go to jail, you’re coming with me!!

  37. Barb says:

    hey – we wouldn’t do it in the broad daylight – you silly folks………..

  38. Stacy Fox says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, ITP! I always feel special when my name gets in your blog! πŸ™‚

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